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Wilson-West Lawn TE/LB Junior Joseph issues verbal declaration to Connecticut

Written by: on Thursday, November 1st, 2012. Follow Josh Funk on Twitter.


Wilson-West Lawn’s relentless defensive unit now has a second member who has chosen to continue his football career at the Division-1 level.

Junior Joseph, a 6’3, 236-pound tight end/linebacker for the Bulldogs, issued a verbal declaration to Connecticut Thursday evening. Joseph announced he had committed to the Huskies, a representative of the Big East Conference, via Twitter.

Including UConn, Joseph held scholarship offers from programs like Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan, Kent State, Old Dominion, Rutgers, Toledo and Western Michigan. Pitt had also shown interest, but not offered a scholarship.

Joseph becomes the second Bulldog player to issue a declaration to a Division-1 FBS or FCS program this week. Teammate Matt Rothrock issued a declaration to Lafayette of the Patriot League Tuesday.

The Huskies have secured two declarations from Pennsylvania prospects in this 2013 recruiting class – General McLane’s Quinn Thompson picked UConn in mid-July. Montour offensive lineman Matt Barone also declared to Connecticut earlier in the year before switching to Temple.

One of many keys to a defensive unit (including reserves) which has allowed an average of 7.2 points per game with three shutouts, Joseph has tallied 46 tackles, three sacks, six hurries and a deflected pass, averaging 5.1 tackles per game. He’s also hauled in five passes for 63 yards and one touchdown and rushed 27 times for 149 yards and three touchdowns, posting a season-high 118 yards and two touchdowns against Manheim Township.

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